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Ursinus College
Collegeville, PA, US

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Institutional & Business Affairs, Alumni Relations & Development, Business & Financial Management
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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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 Summary and Scope of the Position:

The Controller is responsible for all accounting operations of the College.  The Controller reports directly to the Associate Vice President for Financial Operations (AVPFO) and works closely with the AVPFO in formulating and administering policy and procedures pertaining to all fiscal matters of the College.  

Areas of oversight include: accounting; cash services; fixed assets; plant funds; restricted gifts and endowments, and similar funds; tax compliance; and development and maintenance of sound internal control systems over financial operations. The Controller makes recommendations for improving College-wide financial management, directs financial audits, ensures compliance with state and federal regulations, and provides strong leadership and management skills while effectively supervising staff and building an effective team.

Direct reports: Sr. Accountant, Accountant, Payroll Coordinator, Purchasing Coordinator and Accounts Payable Coordinator. 


Specific Responsibilities:                                                                                                            

  • The preparation of all financial statements and tax returns, to include quarterly financial statements, the annual audit, A-133, NCAA, 990, 990T, etc.
  • Develops policies, procedures, systems and internal controls necessary to support the College's fiscal operations and to safeguard the College's assets;
  • Responsible for the central accounting functions of the College, the assignment of new accounts, and all reconciliations.
  • Maintains budgetary control over the College's various operating and capital budgets including general operating, auxiliary enterprises, restricted, and sponsored programs;
  • Maintains accounting control over the College's assets including current funds, student loans funds, endowment funds and plant funds; account reconciliations, bank reconciliations and accounting for travel advances;
  • Pays the College's financial obligations including payroll, accounts payable, construction invoices and debt service;
  • Provides access to vice presidents, deans, directors, chairpersons, department heads, and others responsible for managing departmental budgets and accounts to financial information in the College’s general ledger through the reports provided in the online reporting tool.
  • Reviews transaction for compliance with College policies and procedures as well as state and federal regulations.
  • Maintains accounting control over the University’s movable equipment inventory, including capitalization (tagging) and control (physical inventories), performed in conjunction with College departments.
  • Provides assistance in the budget process and manages the budget of the Business Office.  
  • Work closely with the Associate Vice President for Financial Operations and third parties regarding treasury functions of the college (cash, investments, endowment, debt)
  • Provides information to rating agencies and bond holders and prepares surveys as needed (e.g. IPEDS, NACUBO endowment survey, etc.).
  • Attends the following Board of Trustees committee meetings (and presents and assists as needed):  Finance and Facilities, Investment Committee, and Audit Committee.
  • Administers faculty, departmental, foundation, and state grants.
  • Coordinates with the Development Office regarding accounting for all gifts, to include stock, real property, annuities, and pledges receivable.
  • Supervises, coaches and mentors staff, and incorporates College priorities, initiatives and strategic changes into the goals and objectives of individual staff members.
  • Qualifications:                                                                                                                     

  • Requires a BS in Accounting with a CPA and/or graduate degree (from an AACSB-accredited business school) preferred or BS in Accounting.   
  • At least 7 years of progressively responsible accounting experience, preferably within higher education, with at least 2 of those in a supervisory capacity.  
  • Knowledge of and experience with PC hardware and Microsoft Office software—particularly Excel and Word.
  • Strong knowledge of internal controls necessary, as incumbent will oversee financial processes and controls and ensure the integrity of financial transactions within the College.
  • Personal attributes including detail orientation, excellent communication, listening and problem-solving skills, service orientation, ability to relate well to Board members, faculty, administration and staff and the ability to work independently.
  • Ability to explain financial information to non-financial individuals clearly and meaningfully.
  • Other Duties:

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. 

    Job responsibilities and activities may be modified or changed at any time with or without notice.  Job descriptions will be audited periodically by the Ursinus Human Resources department to ensure they are up-to-date and reflect the essential responsibilities and duties of the job. 



    Interested candidates should hit the apply button.  Once you create an applicant account, you will be prompted to upload your cover letter, resume, and a list with contact information for three references to the applicant database.  

    Ursinus is an AA/EO employer.  Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law in the administration of any of its educational programs or activities or with respect to employment.


    About Ursinus College

    • Founded in 1869
    • First admitted women in 1880
    • 1,650 students from 35 states and 12 countries
    • 20% students of color
    • 12 to 1 student-faculty ratio
    • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
    • All students and faculty are issued laptop computers
    • Nationally renowned First-Year Experience, including the Common Intellectual Experience(CIE) Freshmen Seminar
    • Over 60 courses of study, including a variety of interdisciplinary programs.
    • The Center for Science and The Common Good offers students the opportunity to focus on the intersection of science and society.
    • Idyllic 170-acre campus 25 miles from Philadelphia
    • Member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Watson Foundation list, Project Pericles, Bonner Leader Program
    • Member of Project DEEP, the Annapolis Group, the Centennial Conference
    • Home to the Berman Museum of Art
    • U-Imagine Center for Integrative and Entrpreneurial Studies

    The College's most important assets are its faculty and staff. From time to time, a variety of job opportunities are available, both part-time and full-time. Ursinus is an ideal workplace where there are excellent resources and benefits and, of course, great people. The campus is beautiful and the students keep you young.

    Ursinus College is committed to the celebration of and respect for human diversity.

    Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law with respect to all aspects of employment.

    Ursinus College complies with all federal, state, and local statutes and regulations governing employment practices.

    Ursinus College is an equal employment/affirmative action employer.

    All employees are expected to abide by Ursinus College’s equal employment/affirmative action policy.

    Specifically, in matters affecting employment and application for employment, the College will take affirmative action to ensure that each employee and applicant, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, or disability (except as limitations may be mandate by law) is accorded equal treatment with respect to terms and conditions of employment, including recruitment, hiring, placement, and opportunities for advancement. The College will make good-faith efforts to enhance employment opportunities for minorities and women compatible with the availability of qualified candidates in relevant employment markets in which Ursinus College is able to recruit.

    Ursinus College is committed to the celebration of and respect for human diversity.  We believe that human beings derive meaning and purpose through their membership in groups as well as through their common humanity and their uniqueness as individuals.  Intellectual and personal growth are enhanced by understanding and appreciating the similarities and differences among groups and individuals.

    The celebration of, and respect for, human diversity at Ursinus is based on the following:

    • The principles of freedom and the quality of individuals as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.
    • The practical goal of preparing students to make significant contributions in an emerging global community.  All communities -- local, national and global -- are stronger and richer to the extent that individuals within them are able to communicate and to affirm life-enhancing values.
    • Individuals whose education has been grounded on mutual understanding and the celebration of human diversity are best prepared to contribute to the making of a just and equitable society.

    This statement on human diversity should inform and guide the Ursinus College community as it establishes and implements educational and administrative policies and practices.  These ideals seem especially relevant to those policies and practices that touch upon race, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation and gender, and all other aspects which tend to differentiate human groups.

    In making this statement on human diversity, Ursinus College at the same time acknowledges the primary importance in an educational community of the diversity of ideas expressed in the pursuit of truth by all reasonable and free minds in an atmosphere of intellectual openness.

    This statement on human diversity at Ursinus College has been developed in the context of the mission statement of the College and the institutional values generated by the mission.

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